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WHO labels COVID-19 a pandemic

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    11 March 2020

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has today (11 March) labelled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

At a media briefing today, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold over the past two weeks. He added, however, that calling the outbreak a pandemic did not mean the WHO was changing its advice about what countries should do.

For information about measures taken at ports worldwide to counter the spread of COVID-19, contact the respective GAC office. Contact details may be found in the ‘GAC WORLDWIDE’ section of www.gac.com